Search Results: Paraguay

  • INTERNATIONAL

    Peace in Colombia heads into extra time

    • Antonio Castillo
    • 10 October 2016
    2 Comments

    Colombia has been on a massive political and emotional roller coaster. A peace accord to end the 52 years civil war was signed on 26 September, only to be rejected in a referendum on 2 October. A few days later President Juan Manuel Santos, whose referendum was rejected, received the 2016 Nobel Peace. All of this happened not in a hundred years, but in the space of a few weeks. Yet for those who know a bit about Latin American politics the defeat of Santos in the referendum was not unexpected.

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  • RELIGION

    Family Synod neglects feminine genius

    • Beth Doherty
    • 29 October 2015
    28 Comments

    We can assume that despite the recent Synod's focus on families, most of the voters have never had any involvement in raising families, and certainly not of experiencing pregnancy and childbirth. None have directly dealt with an abusive spouse, struggled to regulate family size, questioned whether to stay in an unhappy marriage, or dealt with a child identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender. Last year, I spent time working in a parish in Paraguay, where, unlike the church more broadly, women run the show.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The church must be a poor church

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 October 2015
    23 Comments

    The image of the body of Aylan Kurdi cradled in the arms of a Turkish soldier jarred with our sense that poverty is simply the deprivation of material goods — there is no greater poverty than death, and no greater deprivation than that of a child stripped of life. Francis speaks powerfully of the need to address poverty. He insists that the church must move out of its comfortable centre to the margins where the poor live. To address poverty we must know people who live in poverty as our brothers and sisters.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tolerating corruption will destroy Australia's brand

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 October 2013
    6 Comments

    Australia tied with Denmark, Finland and Japan for the title of the world's least bribe-ridden country in 2013. Our cultural resistance to corruption has long been a major contributor to Australia's reputation as a good global citizen, not to mention economic prosperity. Pope Francis said last week that we all have our own idea of good and evil, and each of us fighting against evil as we conceive it makes the world a better place. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The dubious removal of Paraguay's former bishop president

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 03 July 2012
    6 Comments

    The recent ouster of Paraguay’s left-wing president Fernando Lugo probably broke some type of world record. Having had just two hours to prepare his defence, the leader who was once 'Bishop of the poor' described his impeachment as a 'parliamentary coup d’état'. He had a point.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Hedonists miss the point of travel

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 13 September 2010
    4 Comments

    'The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page,' said St Augustine. Drunk, libidinous and scantily-clad tourists unleashed on idyllic locales were certainly not what Augustine had in mind when he spoke so eloquently of the virtue of travel.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bishop sex scandal can't keep a good reformer down

    • Hugh O'Shaughnessy
    • 27 October 2009
    4 Comments

    Fernando Lugo, President of Paraguay, made headlines at Easter when he revealed that, as a bishop, he had fathered a child. He is good at politics and his skills as a reformer keep him popular in a poverty-stricken country where marriage often loses out to co-habitation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Plight of the 'skilled unemployed'

    • Beth Doherty
    • 22 June 2009
    12 Comments

    After returning home from six months of volunteer work overseas, my plan was that I would spend a couple of weeks looking, and that after a few resumés were sent out, the phone calls would start pouring in. They didn't.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tariq Ali's Latin American "axis of hope"

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 11 July 2007

    Since 1998, the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chávez to world attention as a major challenge to American foreign policy in the region. Novelist and historian Tariq Ali sees a lot of positives, such as the Banco del Sur (Bank of the South) joint venture that involves six Latin American countries.

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  • RELIGION

    The World Game of ecumenical dialogue

    • Richard Treloar
    • 24 July 2006

    In the years ahead Faith and Order will address potentially church-dividing issues relating to biblical interpretation, theological anthropology, religious pluralism, mutual recognition of baptism, and other aspects of ecclesiology. The FIFA World Cup is an intrusion of the carnivalesque into ‘realpolitik.’ Richard Treloar muses on the intersection of these

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    A ship and a harbour

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 25 April 2006

    Travelling in order to see how different people live is essential to the formation of a genuine tolerance of other cultures.  

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